Mexico’s Failure Against Drug Cartels


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Mexico’s drug industry is much larger than anyone actually knows. It is the second largest industry of Mexico behind oil. This is a common fact most Americans may not know but after decades of foreign genocides and world wars you would think we may pay attention to foreign affairs. Drug cartels in Mexico very well could reach genocide levels. It is considered home to the most dangerous city on the planet and since the death of Bin laden, home to the most dangerous person as well. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal #3- Society


For my third proposal I decided to actually go to the library and check out some books (gasp!).  It turns out that there are tons of sources on my white paper topic.  Here are some pros that I have gathered from my sources that I will want to further look into for my paper:

  • Marijuana has proven medical benefits for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, etc.
  • Marijuana is no more harmful to a person’s health than alcohol or tobacco, which are both legal and widely used, and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
  • Crime and violence, both within the U.S. and at the U.S.-Mexico border, are greatly increased due to illegal selling and buying of marijuana. Legalization would logically end the need for such criminal behavior.
  • Prohibition of marijuana is unwarranted government intrusion into individual freedom of choice.

Legalizing Marijuana- Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics, by Rudolph J. Gerber, is one of the seven books I rented from the library.  A section of this book particularly addresses marijuana for medicinal uses.  This section discusses the Compassionate Investigational Drug Program, a program designed to provide medical marijuana for patients in need.  Although these programs exist, patients still get charged for possession, something that would not happen if legalized.  The book also has a quote from an employee of the DEA: “Marijuana, in natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man….One must reasonably conclude that there is safety for the use of marijuana under medical supervision.  To conclude otherwise, on the record, would be unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious.”

An issue that I have come across is making a distinction between what will be the affect of either business, government, or society.  I’ve come to the realization that the changes that will occur due to legalization have an affect on each of those categories.  For example, an argument for legalization of marijuana is that it can be taxed.  This argument alone affects government and society, and can even reach to the economy.  I am going to need to figure out how I am going to organize my white paper if I can’t categorize by business, government, and society.

Pay It Forward


This basic idea is old.  It has been used in several books and movies over the last hundred years, but the philosophy is sound.  The idea is to try to perform three kind acts per day.  The three recipients of these kind acts must then strive to also perform at least three kind acts for three other people, therefore paying the debt forward to a third party.

If everyone took part in this simple practice, the world would be a better place.  While this wouldn’t stop poverty, hunger, and wars overnight; it would help to make everyone’s day-to-day quality of living a little bit better.  The long term affects of this practice could prove to be truly world changing.  If kindness could become a cornerstone of society’s values around the world, maybe one day humanities problems could be solved through efficient coordination.

White Paper Proposal 2- Coal and Society


Shawn Poynter for The New York Times

In my first proposal, I discussed the potential impacts that policies regarding coal-fired power plants have on businesses.  Basically, policies like the Clean Air Act limit the amount of pollution that coal mining and coal-fired power plants can release into the atmosphere and the environment.  Because of this, mines and plants are forced to limit their output and lower their profits. These regulations also relate to coals impact on society.

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White Paper Proposal 1 – Human Trafficking


For my White Paper, I want to look at the policies surrounding Human Trafficking, both within the United States and world-wide. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of humans for the primary purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. It is a form of modern day slavery and affects every country. Human trafficking is one of the fastest and largest growing criminal industries. Continue reading

Jeremy


Pop culture says a lot about what a society values, what interests us.  Music, movies, video games, etc. all reflect on how we choose to spend our time and money.  It is no mystery that the United States has an issue with gun violence.  What is even more shocking is how often we see in the news stories of fire arms in schools.  Given this horrible aspect of our society, how do we so easily accept the topic in our pop culture?

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